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Two Armed Robberies This Weekend

By Larissa Kyzer

The police department’s special division arrested a man in Austurvöllur square in downtown Reykjavík around noon on Saturday on suspicion of committing an armed robbery, RÚV reports. The man is suspected of having drawn a knife on employees in a shop on the square. This was among the incidents reported in Saturday’s police blotter.

This is the second armed robbery to have occurred in Reykjavík in just as many days. On Friday afternoon, Vísir reported that the Mexican-style fast-food restaurant Chido in the westside neighbourhood of Vesturbær had also been robbed at knifepoint. In an unexpected twist, the robber made sure to use hand sanitizer before brandishing their weapon. None of the staff were harmed in the robbery, but by the time police arrived, the perpetrator had run off with the contents of the cash register, somewhere in the range of ISK10,000, or a few hundred dollars. The perpetrator had still not been found as of 10:30pm on Friday night.

In addition to the armed robberies, police also stopped a man who is believed to have broken quarantine twice. He had recently arrived in the country but had not yet received the results of his second COVID-19 test. Police also arrested a man who had violated a restraining order, but not until after he’d driven an electric scooter into a police car and briefly evaded capture. There have also been a spate of robberies in 101 and the environs.

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